The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) to serve as a trusted venue in which experts can work collaboratively to identify emerging high-priority policy issues in cancer research and care and to examine those issues through convening activities that promote discussion about opportunities for action.
These activities inform stakeholders about critical policy issues through published reports and often provide input for formal consensus committee studies. The NCPF provides a continual focus within the National Academies on cancer, addressing issues in science, clinical medicine, public health, and public policy that are relevant to the goal of reducing the cancer burden, both through prevention and by improving the care and outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.
The NCPF has members with a broad range of expertise in cancer, including patient advocates; clinicians; and basic, translational, and clinical scientists. Members represent federal agencies, academia, professional organizations, nonprofits, and industry. The forum has addressed a wide array of topics, including:
- enhancing collaborations to accelerate research and development;
- improving the quality and value of cancer care and survivorship care;
- developing tools and technologies to enhance cancer research and care; and
- examining factors that influence cancer incidence and mortality.
Sharyl Nass, Forum Director
Erin Balogh, Senior Program Officer
Cyndi Trang, Research Assistant
Natalie Lubin, Senior Program Assistant